February food-stamp benefits for millions of Americans are set to be paid out early, creating a logistical challenge for states and grocery stores.
The United States government promised to fund SNAP benefits through February, but if the partial government shutdown lasts longer, one non-profit is gearing up for the potential increase in demand for food assistance.
Park Service employees are already furloughed, the passport office is closed and if the federal shutdown continues to the end of the month or longer, food stamps and school lunches will be cut by 40 percent, Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) said at a news conference Tuesday.
The shutdown’s impacts will fall the hardest on those who can afford it the least.
Confusion now surrounds the program, as USDA won't say when it will run out of reserve funds to pay benefits for nearly 39 million low-income Americans.
The partial government shutdown glided into its third week Saturday with no end in sight. If the government is not reopened before February, millions of Americans who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- the nation's food stamp program — could have their assistance disrupted.
If the federal government remains partially shut down for several more months, as President Donald Trump suggested Friday, millions of people could lose food assistance. More than 38 million Americans receive monthly food benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is often known as food stamps and is arguably the federal government’s most important anti-poverty program. If Trump keeps the government shut down through February, benefits could stop.
The state revoked food stamp assistance for nearly 8,000 people each month between April and October.
The shutdown also will compromise a range of incentive programs that have emerged over the past decade to improve low-income shoppers' access to healthful food. Nonprofit groups, such as Wholesome Wave and the Fair Food Network, and a $100 million U.S. Department of Agriculture program, the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive, match or supplement SNAP benefits at farmers markets.
As many as 7.5 million more food stamp recipients could be subject to work requirements.
The move is part of a radical pitch to overhaul the federal bureaucracy.
Felicia Graybill uses her smartphone for everything: sending email, checking Facebook, and even monitoring her bank account. But for years, when the 28-year-old Brooklyn mom went to check on her food stamps benefits she might as well have been using a landline. Reviewing her balance required dialing into a hotline and entering her entire card number. All she could access was the sum of her funds—there was no way of breaking down how and when she’d spent the money.
Here's a look at some of the more important and interesting elements of a bipartisan deal to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year.
The House Budget Committee-approved budget plan would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) by more than $150 billion — over 20 percent — over the next ten years (2017-2026). A cut of this magnitude would necessitate ending food assistance for millions of low-income families, cutting benefits for millions of these households, or some combination of the two. The committee has proposed similarly deep SNAP cuts in each of its last five budgets. This year’s budget has two categories of SNAP cuts:
When Milwaukee resident Linda Hopgood found out last summer she was about to lose her food stamp benefits, she immediately started looking for work. But she said she quickly became discouraged by employers telling her she did not have the skills they were looking for.
The good news keeps on coming: In farmers markets across the country, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit redemptions (aka food stamps) generated $18.8 million in the 2014 fiscal year – “a nearly six-fold increase since 2008,” the United States Department of Agriculture reports.
Bent on making fresh fruits and vegetables available to more Americans, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent one of its top officials Thursday to the Clark Park Farmers Market to tout its efforts at doing just that. "We're trying to nudge low-income households to eat more nutritious foods," U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon said in an interview before talking to the merchants and shoppers about ways to get more healthy foods in their diets. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20150626_USDA_working_to_increase_low-income_families__access_to_healthier_foods.html#HRrp0bPXBhjh67oO.99
The Kaiser Family Foundation website provides in-depth information on key health policy issues including Medicaid, Medicare, health reform, global health, HIV/AIDS, health insurance, the uninsured and much more.
In 1988, Ronald Reagan traveled to the Soviet Union and gave a speech at Moscow State University, making the case for capitalism. America’s secret, he argued, was its entrepreneurs, whose “courage to take risks” was responsible “for almost all the economic growth in the United States” and much of its technological edge. This risk-taking was made possible, he continued, by economic freedom, which he associated with “limited, unintrusive” government. Reagan was right about the link between startups and growth, but wrong in assuming that small government was the way to encourage them. His belief in a tradeoff between taking care of citizens and promoting innovative new businesses is at odds with the evidence.
The Obama administration announced on Friday that it would give $200 million to 10 states for pilot projects to help food stamp recipients find jobs, part of a larger effort to reduce the rolls of a program that provides assistance to nearly 50 million Americans. The projects include skills training, work-based learning and support services like transportation and child care. In Vermont, which will receive $8.9 million, the program will also focus on hard-to-serve populations like the homeless, ex-offenders and people with addictions.